Meeting Professionals International has named Tourism Toronto president and chief executive officer Bruce M. MacMillan, C.A., as its new president and CEO. MacMillan’s appointment is effective this December, and fills a slot that’s been vacant since Colin Rorrie left the association in March.

MacMillan has been with Tourism Toronto, the destination marketing organization for greater Toronto, since 2003, and has extensive experience with MPI. He is currently a member of the MPI International Board of Directors, and before his Toronto post, served as MPI’s vice president of marketing and digital services. MacMillan was also past-chair of the MPI Information Technology Committee, which oversaw the development of the career development tool Member Solutions.

“With a background in corporate and association management, Bruce is a proven change agent, with the strategic business skills, international experience, and industry knowledge necessary to drive the development of an organizational structure and business model that will take MPI, its members, and chapters to new levels of success,” said Katie Callahan-Giobbi, who chaired the MPI CEO search committee, in a press release.

During a press conference announcing MacMillan’s appointment, MPI Chairman of the Board Mark Andrew referred to MPI’s expanding membership, which as of July had grown to 21,666, its highest level ever. MacMillan’s appointment, Andrew said, “is building on that momentum, which is the best place you want to be.”

MacMillan’s career has also included positions as executive director of the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Bid Society, where he helped develop and execute Vancouver’s successful bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, and chief operating officer for AD2Media.com, a Vancouver-based business-to-business Internet venture.

“I’m honored to be returning to MPI in this new role at a time when the organization is so strong and poised for new opportunities,” said MacMillan. “A lot of hard work has already been completed, and I’m excited about the prospects for further growth as we work to create more value for our members and to build on the board’s clear vision for the future.”